I have a 98 Buick Century that I need to replace the tranny. The number
on the tranny tag is a 618AHW. The number on the tranny I want to use
is a 619AHW out of a 99 Chevy lumina. Salvage yard cross reference says
these are interchangable. One gm dealer told me these are the same
gear ratio and will interchange and another gm dealer told me they are
different gear ratios and won't interchange. Who can tell me or who can
I call to find out for sure if it will work?
The code 618AHW means: 61 is the transaxle, the '8' is the model year
(1998), the W at the end means it's a Hydramatic 4T60-E. The "AH" is the
actual model of the transaxle, if it's the same on both, 618AHW and 619AHW,
then one would think they are the same transaxle, just different years.
Just for comparison, my transaxle is a 615PBW (61, 1995, PB, 4T60-E), RPO
code M13, with an RPO FW9 - 3.43 final drive.
To be 100% sure, you could check out the RPO codes on both vehicles. Make
sure they are both an M13, which they should be by the info on provided in
the plates, and also check to make sure the RPO for the final drive ratio is
the same, it will be one of the following:
FPx, FQx, FRx, FVx, FWx, FYx, F1x (where 'x' is a number between 0 and 9)
Make sure they're the same on both cars.
All that being said, it is my opinion, based on the two numbers, 618AHW and
619AHW, I would say they are the same tranny and can be used without worry.
the only problem with that is i don't have the vehicle, only the
just assumed that since you were able to break down the
codes from the other
post, you had a listing of what codes meant what.
No, not a listing of what the codes mean, just what the numbers are. As in
the third digit is the year, the fourth and fifth is the actual model of
tranny, etc. etc.
I'm not sure when to find this either. If you look at the tag and post ALL
the letters and numbers I might be able to help more. Maybe draw a little
diagram of the tag and post it somewhere for us to see.
Best I can tell you is that it's a 4T60-E, but you can tell that from
looking at the oil pan. Most likely a 1990. The model number is an RW. Is
that a part number at the bottom of the tag? I wonder if that's a part
number for the tag or the tranny. If it's the tranny, maybe I or someone
else can look up that part number.
ok, so it's NOT a 4T65-E? they have the same pan - that number at
& it's a 2000 model (that's the one bit of info that i did know
about it). it has a huge connector on the top (electrical connector)
pins in all (don't know if there are any that don't get used by
it) -- that's on
the drivers side of the thing on top.
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